Cassadaga Valley Central School

Special Meal Accommodations


The Cassadaga Valley Food Service Department is committed to providing all students with the nutritious meals and snacks they need to be healthy. We want to make sure every child has an equal opportunity to participate and benefit from our school meal programs. If your child has an allergy to a certain food, we will work with the nurse and you to make sure your child has an alternative selection.

USDA Regulations require substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets. A child with a disability must be provided substitutions in foods when that need is supported by a signed statement from a licensed physician. The medical statement must include:

  • An identification of the medical or other special dietary condition which restricts the child’s diet
  • the food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet
  • the food or choice of foods to be substituted

The CVCS Food Service Department may make food substitutions, at their discretion, for individual children who do not have a disability, but who have a special dietary need. Such determinations are made on a case-by-case basis. This provision covers children who have food intolerances or allergies, but do not have life-threatening reactions when exposed to the food(s) to which they have problems. When a modification is made, and it does not require the school to source the alternate food item, no medical statement is necessary.

Parents have the right to file a grievance if they believe a violation has occurred regarding their request for a reasonable modification.

The Cassadaga Valley Food Service Program provides a variety of foods for children to select from in order to accommodate food preferences.

If you have any questions regarding meal substitutions or modifications, please contact Heidi Ottaway, Food Services Director, at hottaway@cvcougars.org, or 716-962-8581 ext. 1507.


HEIDI OTTAWAY, Food Service Director
Phone: 716-962-8581, ext. 1507
Email: hottaway@cvcougars.org

Please contact me if you have any questions, concerns or comments regarding the school food service program.